Household products to remove rust from metal

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Household products to remove rust from metal
Rust is hard to remove, but these household items may help. (rust image by sasha from

Rust, which is defined by Merriam Webster Dictionary as a damaging substance formed on iron and other metals through wetness and corrosion, is sometimes a difficult substance to remove without professional-grade, specialised products. However, there are sine common items around your house that can help. Most of these items are probably in your cabinets or under your sink, and all are available at your local grocery or supply store.


Vinegar is probably the best known of household products used to remove rust, among a variety of other stains and damaging substances. Vinegar can be brushed onto metal or the metal objects can be submerged in the vinegar. Don't dilute the vinegar, as it will lessen its abilities to remove rust.

Steel Wool

For your cast iron pans, steel wool is a great way to get rid of rust. The pads will remove the rust without damage, allowing you to re-season and continue cooking with your pan without worrying about rust. Steel wool will also help remove rust from other metals, especially when combined with a little vinegar.

Tea Bags

Teetotallers, your favourite drink may help you remove rust from your metals. Tea bags are said to be good for removing rust. Soak a handful of tea bags in a half-litre of boiled water for about five minutes to make a strong tea. After letting the tea cool, place the rusted metal into the tea and allow to soak for up to eight hours. Make sure to clean the metal following the regular cleaning instructions afterwards.


Kerosene is good for removing rust stains. Make sure there are no rust flakes on the metal before beginning. Using fine steel wool dipped in the kerosene, brush the surface of the metal until the stain is removed. As kerosene is flammable and toxic, wear the necessary protective gear and work in a ventilated area to maintain your safety.

Lemon Juice

If you find you've got some of the rust on your clothes, there is a household product that will help. Lemon juice is good for removing rust stains from fabrics. Pour some lemon juice and salt on the fabric and let it dry out in the sun to finish up your rust removing project.

Automobile Products

There are some automobile products that protect parts of your car from rusting or that remove rust. Just because these products are labelled for your automobile doesn't mean they won't remove rust from other types of metals. Just follow or adapt the instructions on the packaging and you'll have found another use for your automobile care products.

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